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Judge Will Stay On Contempt Case Against Dallas DA Watkins

Vernon Bryant
Pool photographer, Dallas Morning News

Judge Lena Levario will not have to recuse herself in the contempt case involving Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins.

Administrative Judge John Ovard ruled Monday that the burden of proof had not been met to remove Levario after allegations were made that she  was biased against Watkins.

Watkins' attorneys wanted her kicked off the case after she held him in contempt for refusing to testify in a separate case involving allegations against his office.

During testimony last week, a former county employee said she heard Levario say she was going to "serve Craig Watkins up to the FBI on a silver platter."

Attorneys for Watkins said they won't appeal Ovard's decision. Levario will continue with the contempt case only long enough to file a new contempt order and perhaps set a penalty, but another judge will ultimately make the final decision.

Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.